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middle of that discussion. supervisor campos: anything else? >> i understand there were some comments made about how you looked at over votes or how many ballots being cast. i did get an e-mail about some of the concerns. i did look through all of those. they are not needed for this report. it got away from what i was tasked to do it for the report. i was tasked to look at a very analytical point. why are people voting the way they are voting? that gets away from a statistical analysis.
i did not include that information for that reason. i feel that we addressed what we could given the parameters the commission gave me. i have not had a chance to look at what was presented for the final point. it is always something we could do as a supplemental later on. supervisor campos: in terms of the point that mr. fried was making and you were talking about jurisdictions where they have elections that are tied to statewide offices, do you have any response to that? >> new york city, for example, has september elections and even years and odd years. the election for mayor, for example, there are no federal elections on the ballot. in minnesota, they use september
elections in odd years. it seems to me including those is comparing apples to apples. in terms of the state primary, all i was suggesting was using the most recent 2012 data because you are already using state primary. you already have said in the report. it stopped at 2010. including 2012, it would make sense. it is the most recent data. you already have a category for statewide primaries. you include the u.s. senate, the governor, and those races. >> we use the primary only as an example. there is nowhere else i use the primary information in our
report for -- i never looked out over votes in primaries at all. it just looks at primary's in general about 65% of winner- take-all. i could not use september's election if i wanted to keep that formats until i had november's numbers. >> if you think about it with a plurality election, if you compare everyone who votes for the top two, their ballots counted in the final round. everyone else who did not voted for those top two, it is similar to where their ballots has exhausted. it is this ironic thing that everyone is picking out
exhausted ballots in making a deal at of its and not realizing that all races have exhausted balance. the people whose votes did not go to one of the top two the only have one choice. if you are going to into an analysis, which you only do in the appendix, it makes sense to extend that to other races. you will see these numbers are far higher than they are in contests. supervisor campos: that is a good point. >> what i have struggled with as i have been looking at this on that very item, you have a different electorate and the primary and a different elector it in the general. you cannot guarantee that someone who showed up in the primary, there is no way to go
back. as someone moves or leaves, they are removed from the system. i cannot go back and analyze how they voted five years ago. you could try to come up with a way, but i struggled with that. there is no way to know but people showed up. if you had 100,000 people show up in june and you had 200,000 people show up in november, you do not know how many of those 100,000 people did not show up in november. i cannot find a good way to do it when i was being cast -- as i was being fair to the numbers. supervisor campos: from my perspective, it is helpful for us to get the information that
staff has compiled to the relevant agencies. it is something that can form this discussion. i also know that there may be some additional questions along the lines that have been raised that could be included or issues that could be included as a part of the supplemental. my preference, and i defer to colleagues, would be to simply finalize something with the understanding that there will be additional conversations. i know commissioner avalos is very interested in this. i do think that this information is very useful in addressing some of the concerns that have been raised. in some respects, i see the benefit of getting the information out there. supervisor olague: at some
point, and i know we are not in a position to make this request, but i think it would be great for the department of the elections to have the opportunity to give us feedback on these findings. supervisor campos: that goes to the point that it may be -- the way i see this is that this is a reports that based on feedback we get from the elections commission, from other members of the board of supervisors, there could be something additional that can be presented. i would expect that once something is presented, i wouldn't they would come back to us and ask some questions. >> -- i would hope they would come back to us and ask some questions. >> we can give this report to anyone you wish. i am happy do it.
we cannot directly say we will come to present to you. they would have to invite us. supervisor campos: i do not know how you want to proceed. this is on the agenda as discussion and dyes and possible action item. -- discussion and a possible action item. if we move to accept this, it does not mean there is not additional supplemental work that cannot be added. is there any motion or recommendation? supervisor olague: i'd like to move that we basically approve this.
we should use this as an informational piece so that people did to understand the basics of some of the findings. supervisor campos: we have a motion to except the report with the understanding that there would be supplemental work that would be done in conjunction with some of the folks that are here. commissioner shmeltzer: i would second that. it is an informational item and it is useful. all of this, i think, is useful for the public to get to understand better the more discussion and more information there is, the more people start to see different pieces of it. i think it is hard for people to understand all the
implications. supervisor olague: i think it lends objectivity to the discussion. i think this is a good place to start. supervisor campos: in terms of clarifying what happens. once we accept this, this would be presented to the various agencies that would have some interest in this, whether the elections commission, what else? cut that would be up to you to decide -- >> that would be up to you to decide. i do not know if there is anyone else. supervisor campos: as part of
accpeting, lafco staff can work with the chair? is that ok? one of the things we should also notes, there may be additional work that is done and additional information provided. , as we have any other comments or thoughts, can we take that motion without objection? i want to thank mr. fried for the workin. the work continues. i also want to thank mr. hill. and the other speakers. the last time we did a report on something, we had a report on the issue of garbage collection. that was also an ongoing effort.
we put out a report and there was additional information provided. the hope here is that lafco can add to the ongoing discussion. i think it is important to get something out there with the understanding that it is not the end of the analysis. if you could please call item number 5. >> item #5 is public comment. supervisor campos: this is an opportunity for any member of the public to speak on any item that is not on the agenda. item number 6? >> item #6, future agenda items. supervisor campos: future agenda items? >> i wanted to make a quick note that we normally meet on the fourth friday of the month. next month, we will be taking a
recess. we will be meeting again in september. supervisor campos: by that time, there will have been action. >> that would be my absolute hope, yes. supervisor campos: any member of the public wish to speak on this? >> item #7 is adjournment. supervisor campos: the meeting is a we wish everybody a happy friday and a good weekend. meeting adjourned.
>> and good morning, everyone. let's get this started because everybody wanted paychecks. it is a great occasion and historic when it is the first time the city is passing the two-year budget with all of the disciplinary things and others that watch our fiscal responsibility along with the board of supervisors, a great day to celebrate. i want to recognize and think, beginning with the board president david chiu, thank you for working very closely with us. for carmen, who was assigned by board president to lead the effort again this year on the
budget. and for the other members of the board of supervisors that have engaged directly with us. supervisors avalos, kim, elsbernd, cohen. and the department heads that worked very hard with us. i see of they cisneros, who the police chief and our fire chief. barbara garcia and trent have worked extremely closely with us because of the tremendous pressure that we feel at the state level and the national of bochum, trying to get a really good conversation about how we can make sure that the community based organizations that provide invaluable service to us are taken care of and working in collaboration with us.
hall of the a jar work that she does with all of us. i want to thank her for her tremendous leadership. again, i can say about about my good friend, someone who i got the chance to work with for many years. you have taken up so many complicated challenges this year, we're going to keep you busy. thank you for your wonderful team. our new city administrator that is no longer new, your diving in there at every opportunity and helping all of the city department get ahead. thank you for your leadership there, our libraries continue to be great examples of our commitment to the public on how to use our bond worth. thank you very much.
the key to the rec and park department. it will be the less complicated and very united effort, the bond we're going to push forward. with realignment come and gone, the commitment we have made to the state into our own communities to keep them safe, i just came back from the sheriff's department and the new jails, visiting all the programs out there. we have a lot of work to do, but we have great faith in your leadership. thank you for leading the realignment efforts and making sure we do the right things. working with a juvenile justice. thank you for your great leadership working with richard and the former superintendent for keeping me focused on the education of the future of our city.
your great work on our youth and the families, again, thank you so much for that. to emily, her work on the status of women, thank you for keeping us focused on the most important issues. our board of permit appeals this year, the small business commission, who m i forgetting? i remember the fire chief. i also want to give a very special shot out to someone on my staff that has spent not only hours, but i think her demeanor and calmness has brought us through another successful collaborative effort. kay howard and the wonderful budget staff.
if i can also do something that probably isn't mentioned a lot, i mention the work that we are doing directly with each of the members of the supervisors, but i think they would likely -- like me to mention that their aides are working very hard. how to think they aides of the supervisors. when they come in and they are meeting with jason and steve and we are exchanging life lessons about each other about what is important that what is not important, how we appreciate the good work you are all doing with our supervisors, and we value the communication because sometimes you are the link homer critical votes and critical exchanges of viewpoints. i want to thank you for being here and keeping our purse strings there. thank you for collecting those taxes and making sure we got a healthy collection there.
all of our elected officials, i hope i haven't missed anyone. we're working as a family. as you know, it is not a surprise to you that i work very hard with steve and my staff to try to build consensus with the board of supervisors, trying to create a ton of collaboration, especially on something as important and impacting as our budget. now we have a balanced the budget, a responsible budget that will cost our police and fire departments have to win so many of the rank is retiring. and keep our cities save. that is irresponsible budget. we have a budget that extends itself to the richness of our communities by investing in small businesses, in community-
based organizations that help us critically to deliver health and community social services to those in need. it is also a budget that is responsible because it places monies that we need because we don't control the rest of the world, how we have to be prepared and we listened over the years to the ratings agencies to the various fiscally responsible entities including the comptroller's office. we must put away things in case things beyond our control happen and we have done that. we have done that in unity with the board of supervisors. i want to give a shot out to all of us that work collectively to make our budget responsible. it is the largest budget, but it is two years that builds on our
success and reserves for dangers we have no control over. it also invests in seriously in our neighborhoods, small business corridors, that lifts up and gives hope to all of the voices that have registered themselves and we have cut ourselves very open to the voices coming out from our neighborhoods. i of the small-business applicants and the merchant residence, and no longer are they screaming. we want them to engage, and i think when we respond appropriately to their needs ha, ha that is how the city should work. the voices of our communities come forward, we listen, contemplate, and we make decisions. which challenge each other.
i will say to the supervisors have those of you that were past midnight had sought each other, while the stories is that some of what people war was like the job was when we were trying to close the deal. i appreciate the special powers that were taken care of the close this deal. while we may not agree with every single thing and the priorities that have been made, there is a tremendous amount of agreement, and it is worth it to move this forward with everybody's participation. i want to thank the board of supervisors for their collaboration and for the excellent work that was left in this budget. if i may invite the board president to come to the podium to say a few words.
>> i want to take a moment and thank each and everyone of you for being part of the village of san francisco that has helped to balance this historic budget. i think this year we have had a fundamentally different budget on a couple of different dimensions. first of all, as my colleagues know, we have had a number of years where we have had to balance massive deficits. because of the work we have done together and the work in the private sector, the task of this year was not as difficult. i also want to take a moment talk about the two-year budget and reminisce about the fact that in 2005 when the city comptroller has brought to us
the idea of a two-year budgeting, five-year financial forecasting, we knew the theory of what it would take who both have fiscal discipline and to allow us to spend on the priorities we would all share. it is because of the work we did together in part that led us to the easier place we are in. i am very proud of the fact that this budget reflects our shared priorities. every single one of you is a leader in this city in some area, setting out for our parks, public safety, fixing roads, taking care of kids, seniors, immigrants, small businesses. we have come together in a wonderful way i want to echo the mayor and the thanks to all of you, to all of the city departments, to the budget office have their leadership.
all of the community stakeholders' coming together. my colleagues at the border, and one person without whom this would not have happened. how to take a moment into trouble with one saying about the dress of the board of supervisors. i believe all the men were still in business suits. our board of supervisors were not dressed in pajamas, but there was one change of attire from our budget chair that slipped out of her high heels and were flat at 5:00 in the morning. i want to thank sister carmen chu for her leadership and for dealing with us, helping to balance the incredibly diverse needs in the wonderfully diversity that we live in. i know you probably age of the last couple years. but you don't look as if you did. without further ado, i want to
thank the budget chair. thank you for all your work. >> thank you very much to the mayor and board president, it has been my honor to serve as the budget chair this past year and the year before. i of the mayor ran through the partners that are here today. allow to a department heads and all of the staff. i see a lot of budget people in this room, and this rotunda. and all the department heads and us, we would not be able to do what we do. i want to say thank you to the folks that make this happen. overall, there was a lot going on this year and many issues are coming out is still being discussed. our goal was to make sure that the budget was the least of everyone's worried.
it was a low-key drama-free budget. we had a unanimous vote to pass the budget and with that, i think we really have put together a consensus budget. in addition to the key areas where we made investments in supporting small businesses and focusing on the economy, invest in opportunities to train individuals for the work force, who think the budget is reflective of a two-year budget. this is the first time the city is embarking on budgeting over two years and we are looking at the consequences of our decisions today and what that means for the future. i think that is a very important step for the city, having a solid footing going forward. i am happy to see where the reserve levels are going to go. always when we have this conversation and we say what you want in the budget, he never
asks for a single thing except to increase the general fund reserve. i have to say to supervise ouor elsbernd, it will grow to over 40 million next year. we used a budget only $25 million. on top of that, we have a stabilization reserves. a state reserve, and for the first time, we put in rate stabilization reserve to anticipate your water and sewer rate increases that all of us will have to face. the city is looking forward at key investment areas, and we are making sure we are being responsible for the future. i want to thank the partners that have been involved. our own staff, the clerk, the et